As we embark on 2016 we have paused for just a moment to reflect and celebrate our 5th birthday. How time flies! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we flicked the lights on and eagerly anticipated our first assignments.
It’s often said that the first five years in business are a real test of survival. The Australian Bureau of Statistics monitors this and reported that only half of the businesses that started operating in 2010-11 were still operating in June 2014. In addition to this, and as we all know, it has been a challenging time for the infrastructure sector in recent years. We are therefore thrilled to have enjoyed the support of clients, like-minded consulting partners and industry luminaries without whom achieving this milestone would not have been possible.
Our journey started with a commitment to maintain a focus on stormwater and being responsive to our clients’ needs. The positive feedback we have received along the way has reinforced this commitment.
From humble beginnings with a stormwater investigation in Woodside, our project highlights to date are many and varied. We have thoroughly enjoyed our opportunities to travel and work across regional South Australia, with key assignments in Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, the Riverland/Murray Mallee and Kangaroo Island. It’s particularly satisfying to see a wave of infrastructure projects being delivered that have evolved from our earlier master planning projects, including wetlands in Hallett Cove and major drainage works in St Peters, Lockleys
We have been very fortunate to be in a position to grow the business from three to eight full time staff, with nine staff currently in our office as we provide summer work experience for a final year engineering student.
Our biggest regret? Investing in a fax machine—its continued future at Southfront looks grim.
We look to the future with optimism and continuing on the stormwater journey.